Attempt of the Karelian colony staff on lawyer's secrecy Horizontal Russia 0

Lawyer Konstantin Markin confirmed facts, published on the website "Territory of torture", that employees of the Segezha penal colony №1 wanted to take away his documents of lawyer's secrecy. Human rights defender Anastasia Zotova also wrote about it on March 22.

Konstantin Markin told «7x7», that he tried to communicate privately with his client:

'Video cameras appeared in a room for a meeting of lawyers with convicted of the IR-1; they hang directly over the table where the lawyer puts his documents during a conversation with the defendant. And prison administration can see everything that is written, because the camera is very good. They can see signed and transmitted papers. Sound is also recorded, but only behind the scenes. Many prisoners said that after a conversation with me the administration talked to them with their own sentences. So I knew that the camera was recording, so when we discussed some documents, I turned back to the camera and communicated with my client through writing on paper. And when I left the prison, the first lieutenant on duty told me: "The operator could not see what was signed by the convicted, so present these documents".'

As a result, the lawyer referred to the lawyer's secrecy and refused to show documents, after altercations with staff, he left the colony IR-1 and called Anastasia Zotova. Then the executive director of the movement "For Human Rights" Lev Ponomarev wrote about the incident to the head of the colony Alexey Golovach, Director of the Federal Penitentiary Service Gennady Kornienko and the Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova. And Markin had no problems with the staff of the Federal Penitentiary Service during his next visit.

Anastasia Zotovа wrote about this situation in her blog:

'We decided to declassify the prisoner's name, whose leg's photo got tens of thousands of views on the site "Echo of Moscow" yesterday. It was Denis Laptev from IR-1, which is now searching the lawyers. Laptev himself beat prisoners on the orders of the IR-1 administration; and in January 2017 during checks he decided to tell about things happening in the colony. For this he was beaten and sent to a cell-type room.'

The site «Territory of torture» informed that prison officers confiscated lawyers documents of lawyer's secrecy on 6 March in the same place, in the IR-1.


On December 29 human rights defenders have reported about threats of a lawyer in the Karelian medical penitentiary facility № 4.

Daniil Kuznetsov, «7x7»

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